The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a marked shift in the motivations and perceptions of prospective international students planning to study in key English-speaking destinations. National lockdowns, border restrictions and vaccine programmes have all impacted on the decision-making processes of prospective international students around the world. Whilst some countries such as Canada are viewed particularly favourably by international prospective students, others are showing a very different picture.
In our latest Crossroads IV webinar, Jonah Duffin, Director of External Relations at IDP Connect, explores a variety of topics inspired by the survey findings of the fourth instalment of the Crossroads series.
He is joined by Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International, and Janelle Chapman, Executive Director of Australia Pacific Training Coalition, who consider what these findings might mean for the broader higher education sector, particularly focusing on the UK and Australia.
Key themes explored:
* Why some countries are perceived more favourably by international student respondents than others
* International student perceptions around how key English-speaking study destinations have responded to COVID-19
* The importance of face-to-face learning and how the possible rise of Transnational Education could impact on the higher education sector
* What impact the COVID-19 surge in India may have on Indian students hoping to study abroad
* How loyal international students are to their first-choice study destinations should face-to-face study become available sooner elsewhere
For the Crossroads IV survey, over 6,000 respondents from 57 countries were surveyed about their motivations and perceptions for studying at higher education institutions in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
For further insights, read the Crossroads IV press release (and infographic) here.
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